International Consultant to lead a situational assessment on drowning prevention across 11 SEA countries of the WHO SEARO Region, Anywhere

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World Health Organization (WHO)

International Consultant to lead a situational assessment on drowning prevention across 11 SEA countries of the WHO SEARO Region

( 2210047 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 10 months working for 10 days in a month for each month

Job Posting: Nov 14, 2022, 10:43:04 AM

Purpose of consultancy

WHO is seeking a consultant to lead a situational assessment on drowning prevention across 11 SEA countries of the WHO SEARO Region. The successful candidate will liaise with multisectoral stakeholders across the region to support data collection at national levels. They key purpose of this project is to identify available epidemiological data on the burden of drowning and existing strategies, legislation and programming to prevent drowning at the national level. Data collected will be published in the first WHO Global Status Report on Drowning Prevention.


Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury deaths word wide, estimated to account for over 235,000 deaths globally each year. Nearly one quarter of global drowning deaths occur among children aged less than 15 years. These estimates are anticipated to significantly underreport the true burden of drowning as they exclude intentional drowning deaths (suicide or homicide) and drowning deaths caused by flood disasters and water transport incidents. Accurately understanding the true impact of drowning is critical to informing development and implementation of effective interventions and strategies for drowning prevention, as well as promoting the necessary visibility and prioritization of the issue.

Over the past decade, significant momentum has developed at the global level on the issue of drowning. WHO has played a critical role in this movement, developing the first Global Report on Drowning in 2014, a comprehensive Implementation Guide to Drowning Prevention in 2019 and more recently (2021), launching two regional Status Reports on Drowning Prevention for the WHO Western Pacific Region (WPR) and South East Asia Region (SEAR).

With the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, WHO will be leading the first global situational assessment on drowning, with findings to be published as the first WHO Global Status Report on Drowning Prevention. Similar to how the series of Global Status Reports on Road Safety have led to greater prioritization of road safety in countries and regions, WHO believes a Global Status Report on Drowning Prevention will be instrumental to informing and scaling-up national, regional and global advocacy for action in this neglected public health issue.

Specifically, data collected through this project will investigate:

  • Best available data on burden and context of drowning at national and regional levels;
  • Stakeholders and partners who are critical to involve in drowning prevention efforts; and
  • Existing evidence-based interventions to address priority risks for drowning, through strategies, policies, legislation and programmes.


Lead data collection in the SEA Region for the first Global Status Report on Drowning Prevention. Specifically, under the supervision of the Regional Advisor and in coordination with WHO-HQ, the consultant will furnish following deliverables: Deliverable 1: Attend bimonthly project management online meetings with WHO-HQ, which will include training on project tools and the project web-based platform.

Deliverable 2: In collaboration with WHO Country Focal Points, identify a National Data Coordinator (NDC) for each Member State in the Region. Set up online NDC training and perform ongoing follow-up of NDCs and WHO Country Focal Points over the duration of the contract. Support the Regional Advisor (RA) in developing relevant agreements for NDCs if required.

Deliverable 3: In collaboration with NDCs and WHO Country Focal Points, identify stakeholders within each Member State for data collection and conduct national consensus discussion meetings. Support NDCs and Country Focal Points to collect required information and data at the national level, perform validation, and transmit to HQ. All documents in text must be in written text in UN languages. Follow-up with Member States for data approval.

Deliverable 4: Support in drafting text which summarizes key findings of the data collection from the Region. Provide inputs into final Global Status Report structure, layout and dissemination strategies.

Deliverable 5: Submit monthly reports to RA and HQ, together with an accurate project management spreadsheet indicating the status of contracts with NDCs, progress of data collection. and approval processes for each Member State.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: At least a university degree public health, epidemiology, or a related field.

Desirable: Additional education in the related field is an asset.

Experience: Essential:

  • At least five years of experience in public health, which include experience in data collection/analysis (such as surveys, datasets).
  • A thorough knowledge of drowning prevention-related issues within the SEA region.


  • Familiarity with the goals and procedures of international organizations (UN system, donors, non-governmental organizations).
  • Experience working with legal documents is an asset.
  • Experience working in SEA Regional countries is an asset.

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills with the demonstrated ability to work effectively with government officials as well as with national and international organizations.
  • A thorough knowledge of drowning prevention-related issues within the SEA region.
  • Good management and leadership abilities and experience.
  • Ability to coordinate, plan and implement projects, conduct training activities, effectively monitor, and analyze data and present results.
  • Ability to work independently and deliver high quality work on time.

  • Computer proficiency in Outlook, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Language requirements:

Required: Excellent spoken and written English.

Desirable: Knowledge of any/multiple SEA Regional language is an asset.


Off site


The consultant may be required to travel to some member states and to SEARO depending upon the request and need.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

  • Remuneration: Band Level

    B (USD 350-499 per day)

  • Living expenses: Per diem will be paid as per WHO rules applicable to international consultant for travel.
  • Expected duration of contract:

Start date: 1/03/2023

End date: 31/12/2023

Work 10 days a month for 10 months

Additional Information:

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/ diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: (link) Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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